Trust staff raise £184,237 for charity

Mrs Roberta Brownlee Southern Trust Chair (left) presents Jude Bridge, Marie Curie Executive Director
Mrs Roberta Brownlee Southern Trust Chair (left) presents Jude Bridge, Marie Curie Executive Director
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The Southern Health and Social Care Trust has handed over a cheque for £184,237 to the charity partner Marie Curie after a series of successful ‘Strictly Come Dancing’ events.

The ‘Southern Trust does Strictly Come Dancing’ events alone totalled £150,500 with the remaining £33,737 coming from a range of fundraising activities such as ‘The Blooming Great Tea Party’, sponsored cycles and ‘The Great Daffodil Appeal.’

Over 100 ‘dancers’ signed up to take part in ‘Southern Trust does Strictly Come Dancing’ all in aid of Marie Curie.

The top five couples from the four local heats in October then went head-to- head at the grand final on November eleventh.

“ range of staff and friends from across the Trust along with Marie Curie colleagues and other willing dancers, resulted in a huge team effort to raise an amazing total for such a worthy cause.

Roberta Brownlee, Southern Trust Chairperson said: “As well as being fun events and personal challenges for the staff involved, we are delighted to have raised such a substantial sum for Marie Curie.

“I would like to congratulate all of those involved for giving of their own personal time and throwing themselves into this task wholeheartedly.”

Anne Hannan, Partnerships Manager at Marie Curie said: “This has been the charity’s most successful partnership to date. 

“Reaching the fundraising milestone of raising £184,237 (the equivalent to 92,118 nursing hours) is an extraordinary moment for the partnership.”